Chris Botti, trumpet
Billy Kilson, drums
Mark Whitfield, guitar
Billy Childs, piano
Andy Ezrin, keyboards
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Lisa Fischer, vocal
Caroline Campbell, violin
Chris Botti returns to the Blue Note for his highly anticipated annual three week run through Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.
Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler.
Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
People Magazine voted Chris one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2004.
On Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19, 2008, American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti invited an extraordinary variety of musical artists -- including Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith -- to join him on-stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a pair of once-in-a-lifetime concerts, produced by Bobby Colomby and directed by Jim Gable, at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most exquisite performance venues.
A master artist and performer, Botti, who’s sold nearly three million albums worldwide, worked closely with an unparalleled roster of the world’s greatest musicians, drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music to create a series of aesthetically rewarding performances and two-night’s worth of unforgettable concert experiences. Chris Botti In Boston, an extraordinarily luxurious film of the two-night event, captures and accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry and spontaneity of the shows.
The CD version of Chris Botti In Boston features Botti along with his special guests and core band -- Billy Childs (piano), Billy Kilson (drums), Mark Whitfield (guitar), and Robert Hurst (bass) -- performing definitive versions of "Ave Maria," "When I Fall In Love," "Seven Days," "Emmanuel," "I’ve Got You Under My Skin," "Cinema Paradiso," "Broken Vow," "Flamenco Sketches," "Glad To Be Unhappy," "Hallelujah," "Smile," "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," and "Time To Say Goodbye."
The full-concert DVD and Blu-ray configurations of Chris Botti In Boston include the bonus performances of "Caruso," "The Look of Love," "Cryin’," "Indian Summer," and "Shape of My Heart" in addition to an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the making-of-the-concert as well as a deeply resonant performance of "Fragile" unavailable anywhere else. In addition, the Blu-ray configuration features Dolby TrueHD audio providing master quality, high-resolution, 7.1 surround sound.
Following its exclusive televised premiere during PBS’s March Pledge Drive, Chris Botti In Boston Columbia Records will release the concert extravaganza in three configurations -- CD, a CD/DVD package and a Blu-ray edition -- on Tuesday, March 31.
Chris Botti In Boston is a visionary expansion of, and worthy successor to, the artist’s first PBS pledge drive special, Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests. First aired on PBS during March Pledge Week 2006, Botti’s first special became a perennial pledge drive favorite nationwide while a DVD of that show has achieved RIAA platinum status. Now in its second year of airing on PBS, Chris Botti In Boston has been certified by the RIAA as a Platinum Longform Music Video and "Chris Botti In Boston 2," a collection of performances that were not part of the first PBS Special, is airing nationally on PBS.
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